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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hobbits Do It 7 Times A Day

Dear friends,

Elevenses is apparently an actual thing in the UK and Ireland. It’s described as being like afternoon tea, but in the morning. A little less savory than brunch, served at 11:00 with coffee or tea.
As for the Middle Earth elevenses, I’m assuming the food served is similar. But it’s one of the seven daily hobbit meals (most famously listed by a distraught Pippin soon after realizing that Aragorn would not be stopping for Second Breakfast):
  • 7:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Second Breakfast
  • 11:00am – Elevenses
  • 1:00pm – Luncheon
  • 4:00pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 6:00pm – Dinner
  • 8:00pm – Supper
EDIT: Pippin lists all these meals in the Peter Jackson movie adaptation, but in the books “dinner” and “supper” are two words for the same meal, so it’s actually 6 meals that hobbits aspire to. In fact, the actual quote from the LotR Prologue is this: “And laugh they did, and eat, and drink, often and heartily, being fond of simple jests at all times, and of six meals a day (when they could get them).” So it’s implied that hobbits don’t always manage to have all six meals.
Aragorn: Gentlemen, we do not stop 'til nightfall.
Pippin: What about breakfast?
Aragorn: You've already had it.
Pippin: We've had one, yes. What about second breakfast?
[Aragorn turns and walks off in disgust]
Merry: I don't think he knows about second breakfast, Pip.
Pippin: What about elevenses? Luncheon? Afternoon tea? Dinner? Supper? He knows about them, doesn't he?
Merry: I wouldn't count on it.
Bilbo: I'm old, Gandalf. I know I don't look it, but I'm beginning to feel it in my heart. I feel... thin. Sort of stretched, like... butter scraped over too much bread. I need a holiday. A very long holiday. And I don't expect I shall return. In fact I mean not to. (This is actually my mum's fav quote from the movies ;)))
Now we do not keep all the above mentioned but we do have 2 meals usually - in the morning when we wake up we have some sandwiches and after work my husband cooks the most awesome meals ever... but with Christmas here and the food from our parents and friends this changed... As you can see in the pictures we had some good stuff! Especially a lot of sweets - be it apple pie, cheesecake and different other cookies done by my mother in law... They were all so very good!
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world 
J. R. R. Tolkien
Hope you also had a full table for Christmas and I hope that you are already making plans for New Years Eve as it is coming fast ;)

Yours truly,
The Hobbit Lover LadyBug :)